Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has apologized for saying last year that the Earth is flat, adding that he was “huge into conspiracies” at that time.
Speaking at Forbes’ Under 30 Summit in Boston the 26-year-old player admitted he “didn’t realize the effect” his comments would have.
In 2017, Irving, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers at that time, made the headlines after saying that the Earth is flat on the “Road Trippin’ with RJ & Channing” podcast.
“This is not even a conspiracy theory. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat… It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us,” he said.
Irving’s statements sent the NBA world into frenzy with many fans ridiculing the player whom they found to be low-browed and uneducated. The Celtics star said on Monday he realized “the power of voice” after his comments attracted so much public attention last year.
“At the time I was innocent in it, but you realize the effect of the power of voice,” Irving said.
“And even if you believe in that, don’t come out and say that stuff. That’s for intimate conversations because perception, how you’re received, it just changes.”
“At the time I didn’t realize the effect. I was definitely at that time, ‘I’m a big conspiracy theorist. You can’t tell me anything.’ I’m sorry about all that. For all the science teachers, everybody coming up to me like, ‘You know I have to reteach my whole curriculum!’ I’m sorry. I apologize. I apologize,” he added.
— Nicole Yang (@nicolecyang) October 1, 2018
Earlier this year, troubled former NBA star Glen “Big Baby” Davis was indicted on an assault charge for an altercation that occurred in West Hollywood in April.
If this case goes like most others involving minority thugs, Black Lives Matter will riot, claiming he was racially profiled, and only charged because he happens to be black.
The 32-year-old Davis, who lives in Tarzana, will be arraigned Thursday on a single felony count of assault causing great bodily injury, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office reports.
Davis is accused of throwing a man into a wall April 8 outside a nightclub in the 600 block of Robertson Boulevard, prosecutors said. The injuries sent the victim to the hospital, TMZ reports. The exact circumstances that prompted the attack were not disclosed.
Davis faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison if convicted. He was arrested May 18 and released on $30,000 bail.
Davis won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in his rookie year in 2008. He spent one season with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014-15, his last season in the league.
In February of this year, Davis was arrested in Maryland on drug possession and distribution charges after police found marijuana in his hotel room and a briefcase containing more than $90,000 in cash.
It appears that Davis will find out what most others already have. Living the thug life almost always ends up in prison.
Davis was slated to play in the BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league this summer.
He last played in the NBA in 2014-15 with the Los Angeles Lakers, capping off an eight-year NBA career that started with the Boston Celtics and included time with the Orlando Magic.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 3rd, 2018